AfroMont, a knowledge sharing platform, was initiated in 2007 by the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) to focus research attention on the diverse issues and challenges facing the mountainous regions of sub-Saharan Africa. AfroMont is an online media platform, now with eight years of activities, all with a focus on Africa mountain research and Sustainable Mountain Development (SMD) in African countries. We follow advances in African mountain research and issues including news and specialized opinion articles covering all aspects of global change in mountains.
Photo credit: Drakensberg Scene, Great Escarpment, South Africa. Dr Clinton Carbutt, Plant Scientist at Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, South Africa.
Of interest is an upscale in research that investigates climate change and environmental change in the distant past as a way of understanding and preparing for the climate change we are about to experience. This vast field of research also looks at the beginnings of agriculture and agriculture in novel (especially arid) climates and the shift away from a hunter-gatherer lifestyle. The earth’s climate has changed drastically in the past, leading to extinctions and range shifts for many species as it got colder and drier during the ice ages, but also creating many opportunities for species to exploit new niches. Humans have experienced many of these changes, most notably the previous two ice ages (the first as Homo neanderthalensis and Homo heidelbergensis and the second, as both H. neanderthalensis and Homo sapiens).
Lava-covered piece of continent is an ancient remnant, left over from the break-up of the supercontinent, Gondwana, which started about 200 million years ago.
Scientists have confirmed the existence of a “lost continent” under the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius that was left-over by the break-up of the supercontinent, Gondwana, which started about 200 million years ago.
The piece of crust, which was subsequently covered by young lava during volcanic eruptions on the island, seems to be a tiny piece of ancient continent, which broke off from the island of Madagascar, when Africa, India, Australia and Antarctica split up and formed the Indian Ocean.
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AfroMont was initiated to focus research attention on the diverse problems facing the mountainous regions of sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar, as well as share information that may lead to the development of science-based solutions required for sustainable mountain development in the long term.
Anyone with an interest in African mountains and mountain research can contribute to this Digest, or to the blogs or the website. Please liaise with or send short concise material and photographs to Dr Sue Taylor. The AfroMont Research Digest is sent out every month to about 700 email addresses of the AfroMont Network.